After going 3-for-3 in save opportunities, Rafael Soriano is moving into position to steal injured David Robertson's closer spot.
"He's closing games for me," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Soriano. "He is my closer. Every spot has to be, obviously, earned and you have to continue to produce. He is my closer. When there is tough situation, a closing situation, I've been bringing Rafael Soriano in."
Robertson is on the DL with a strained left oblique and won't be back for another week at the earliest. Robertson was 1-for-2 in save opportunities following Mariano Rivera's season-ending knee injury.
"Let's see where we are when Robbie gets back," Girardi said when asked specifically if Robertson will return as the setup man. "How Robbie is doing and how he feels. I'll cross that bridge when the time comes. I'm comfortable bringing in Sori where we are bringing him because of his experience of what he has done."
So what does Robertson have to do to get his job back?
"Here is my prayer, let's get Robbie back where he is feeling comfortable," Girardi said. "Let's get him in a game before we start making any official decisions."
Girardi has a better idea of what Soriano can do as a closer than Robertson, who has only excelled in the eighth inning as a major leaguer.
"Obviously, he has a track record as a closer," said Girardi of Soriano, who led the AL in saves in 2010. "He's been very successful. And I expect him to do that here, too."